Photography by Karlo Cadang
A lot of exciting things are in store for Sheraton Manila Hotel this 2019. For one, they’ve decided to give themselves a brand new look, deciding to reconnect with our local roots. They did this by going for an all-around Filipino theme which is evident even from the outside. Right before stepping in, guests will notice a ship sculpture placed on the wall. This gives a nod to the Manila Galleon – the Spanish trading ships linked to the Manila-Acapulco trade back in the Spanish Colonial times.
Once inside, their Filipino influence is even more noticeable. One such piece of furniture they intend to highlight is the chandelier which acknowledges our country as an archipelago. Being an island, it is only natural for Filipinos to do well in fisheries, which is why they had their chandeliers patterned like the traditional fishing nets used by our fishermen in the past.
Another way to get in touch with our culture is through our cuisine and this is because each of our dishes have a story to tell about our way of life. And the folks over at Sheraton are dedicated to telling those stories through their Filipino-themed buffet, S Kitchen. Here are six local dishes that you shouldn’t miss when you drop by.
Although its origins are unclear, this famous dish is one of the staples of Filipino cuisine. That is why S Kitchen did away with experimenting with the recipe and decided to stick with the original as much as possible. At its core, it contains Ox Tripe and Tail doused with thick and flavorful peanut sauce. Their Kare Kare will give you that elevated albeit familiar taste that Filipinos look for in comfort food.
It is not surprising for Filipinos to love their vegetables. As an agricultural country, we have a wide selection of crops to choose from. S Kitchen takes on a Pinoy version of the salad. It contains the usual ingredients – pickled vegetables, salt-cured egg, and local greens but to give it a more Filipino flavor, they added pandesal croutons and calamansi lime vinaigrette.
Bicol Express Pasta
While they have a lot of 100% authentic Filipino dishes, they surely didn’t shy away from international influences. One such example is the marriage of Bicol Express and Pasta. Imagine pouring the creamy and spicy Bicol Express sauce into al dente noodles. Then top it with seafood such as shrimp and oysters. This Filipinized version of the pasta is surely something new to try.
Charcoal Roasted Chicken
Pinoys have a thing for chicken. They love it so much that it even became an online joke that each Filipino family has a rooster as the ‘bunso.’ From the sabong, that adoration also transcends to the kitchen. The ‘litson manok’ has been the go-to comfort food as it can be bought anywhere from hole-in-the-walls to supermarkets. Knowing this, the folks over at S Kitchen decided that it’s apt to add a Charcoal Roasted Chicken to their lineup. Its juicy and tender meat will remind you why it’s one of the iconic Filipino dishes.
Strawberry and Pandan Ice Cream
S Kitchen attempts to tug at patrons’ heartstrings by reminding them of their childhood. A few scoops of their colorful ice cream will remind you of the times when you longed for Manong Sorbetero to arrive. Among the plethora of flavors that S Kitchen has are the Strawberry and Pandan – which you can even make more colorful by adding sprinkles!
Ube Langka Leche Flan Cake
Take two God-tier Pinoy delicacies and combine them together. This is what you’ll get – the Ube Langka Leche Flan Cake. On top is the sweet and delicate Leche Flan while at the bottom is the Ube cake. You’ll also feel like you’re in a fine dining restaurant with the creatively placed bits of Langka and Ube sauce. Their Ube come from Good Shepherd, a well-known shop known for sponsoring charities and producing arguably the best purple yams in the country. It’s a feel-good treat your tastebuds will surely love.
Aside from the dishes listed above, S Kitchen has a lot more Filipino recipes to offer. Don’t miss out on their mouthwatering offerings and round up the squad for a satisfying lunch or dinner.
S Kitchen is located at the Ground Floor, Sheraton Manila Hotel, 80 Andrews Avenue, Newport City, Pasay City. Which one tickled your taste buds the most? Let us know in the comments below! Want more diners featuring Pinoy cuisine to visit? Check out this next story!